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.o- YSTRAD HOUNDS. Puppy Show at Clydach Court. HAPPY SPEECH BY LORD TREDEGAB. A representative company assembled on the grounds of Clydach Court, Trealaw, the resid- ence of Mr J. D. Williams, J.P., master of th" Ystrad Fox Hounds, on Monday afternoon- when the puppy show of the Ystrad Hunt wa4 held. The judges were Lord Tredegar and Mr John Lawrence, Llangybi, but the interesting event was delayed for some time as the judges lost the Rhondda train at Cardiff and drove from Pontypridd. Upon arriving at Clydach Court the company proceeded to the kennels, where the judging was immediately proceeded with. Thtf hounds, 27 in number, were brought to the en- closure in various classes, according to their pedigree, and were greatly admired by the judges and spectators. The animals were closely examined by Lord Tredegar and his colleague, and after half-a-dozen were brought out for inspection the second time, the first prize for the best dog and bitch was awarded to Dash- wood (dog) and Damsel (bitch). Their dam wae Darling, and sire Lord Tredegar's Wagoner. The dog, the winner of the first prize, a cup, value two guineas, was "walked" b-- Mr William Wil- liams, Taff's Well, and the bitch, the winner of a similar prize, by Mr Cooper, Lewis's Arms, Tongwynlais. After this the old pack, compris- ing l6 couples, were brought to the open field for inspection, and the company then adjourned to the Royal Hotel, where a sumptuous lun- cheon was laid., The chair was occupied by Mr J. D. Williams, M.F.H., and those present includedLord Tre- degar, Mr John Lawrence, Alderman J. Blandy Jenkins, J.P., Mr J. Ignatius Williams, Stipen- diary magistrate; Colonel H. O. Fisher, Radyr; Major Rigg, Whitchurch (joint secretary of the hunt); Alderman W. Morgan, J.P., Aldernaso Richard Lewis, J.P., Mr Ivor Williams, J.P., Duffryn-ffrwd; Alderman waiter H. Morgan, Forest House; Messrs H. Porcher, magistrates* clerk; R. J. Rhys, coroner; R. A. Lewis, Pont- ypridd (treasurer to the hunt); George Evang, Pontypridd; J. G. Jones ((Ap Caradog), Ponty- pridd; Taliesyn Morgan and Hawkins, Llantri- sant; D. Davies, Maesyffynon; Hopkin Wil- liams, Llangybi; G. Davies, Gollifaelog; G. H. Smith, Maindy Hall; T. Williams, Tvntyla Farm; Thomas, Pantygorad; W. Morgan, auc- tioneer; G. Davies, Gellifaelog; Howsll Llew- el In Hammond, Clydach Vale; Dr Jones, Cly i- ac'i Vale; T. Morgan, Mainly Fa-m- J. WIl- iiams, Penrhys Farm; T. Willi,i-is, Pandy; J. D. Hughes, Thistle Hotel; Thos. Llcwellm, Goitrefawr; Rev Job Davies, Gaordfa Vicarage', and others. The usual loyal toasts having hem lion(-.iired, the toast of "The Judges" .ora. eiven hy Mr J- Blandy Jenkins, J.P., and •nt'i'n.a>i:.ca)Jy re- ceived. Lord Tredegar, in the couise of a speech which provoked much merriment, said that the decisions of a judge were r.atu-4.1y liable to criticism, it matter not whe^'i.^r he "as the Lord Chancellor in his wig pleslliog at tha Crurt. of the Exchequer or any other ccurt, or wae+her he was an adjudicator at an eisteddfod -(langhter).-whdher he w\3 the j;: ige of the srwing in a lady's skirt- -(r.Mi>v/r,d laughter)— or whether he was judging the respective merit* of two or three choirs, the Merthyr Choir amongst them. (Loud laughter). Judges of foxhounds were also liable to criticism, but judging from the enthusiastic way in which the company had received the toast ho didn't think that up to that time they found fault with their decisions. (Hear, hear). Later on, however, when they got a little more merry, or a little more quarrelsome —(laughter)—probably they would find fault with the judging. (Laughter). By that time each of them would have imagined a particular pup which they would think should have won. (Laughter). He hoped that Mr Lawrence and himself would have left before then. (Renewed laughter). He had had great pleasure in going to Clydach Court to judge the hounds of that distinguished pack, and they probably knew their merits better than himself. They knew that tradition had it that the pedigree of the Welsh hound was lost in the myth of antiquity. which someone said was. a most extraordinary place, because many things had been lost there. (Laughter). It was a very rich place, and he felt sure it waa a splendid place for foxhounds, because lie had lost a lot of foxes there.. (Laugh- ter). He did not know whether the celebrated Ystrad Hunt had lost them or not; if so, Mr Williams would expect to find them there when- ever he went there. (Loud laughter.) He had always been told when reading poetry that the proper study for mankind was man. (Mr Law- rence Hear,hear).If Mr Lawrence went on mak- ing remarks like that, he would have to say what Mabon said the other day, "A oes hedd- wch?" (Loud cries of "oes" ana laughter). Hat supposed the company had been backing Mr Lawrence against himself. (Laughter). Thai was why he asked the question. During the last seven or eight days he had a splendid op- portunity of studying mankind, and it had bees the greatest possible relief for him to go to Clydach Court to study hounds. (Loud laugh- ter). He had no quarrel with man, in the aggregate; indeed, he moved with his fe..ow- creatures very much, but sometimes they got weary of them, and it was a relief to stand on a nice Teen field on the mountain side, especially after the tension of studying the human race for seven or eight days. (Renewed laughter). Pro- ceeding, the noble Lord said that their president had an admiraoie pack—(cheers)—and insteaa of starting for home he should like very much to start with 25 couples to hunt on the mountain side for whatever micht happen to be there. (Laughter). His Lordship then referred to the healthy exercise of hunting and said that Mr Lawrence was greatly indebted for hia longevity to fox hunting. (Cheers). His colleague would probably give them the reasons why they had arrived at their decision; it was his (the noble Lord's) principle never to do so, because his de- cisions were very often right and his ressoni( very often wrong. (Laughter). In conclusion,, his Lordship wished every success to the hunt, and hoped that the hounds would act up to lueir merits. (Applause). Mr Lawrence also responded. Mr G. H. Smith gave the toast of "The Land- owners over whose estates the Ystrad Hounds hunt," and Col. Fisher and Mr Ivor Williams, J.P., responded. Mr Ivor Williams, Dyffryn. Ffrwd, Nantgarwy gave "The Farmers," and Mr W. Davies (Court Villa, Rhondda). Mr George- Daviea (GeHifeil- ioe). and Mr Thomas Williams (Tyntyla) re- sponded. "The supporters of the Ystrad Hunt" was given by Mr Smith, of the Bailey's estate, and was acknowledged by Mr George Evans (Plasy- derwyn), Mr Hairbottle (Whit-church), and Me Thomas Llewellyn (Goetre Fawr). Mr W. Morgan, auctioneer, Pontypridd and Trealaw, proposed "The Secretaries,' and Mr Gwilym Trehame, solicitor, Pentre, and Dr, Jones, Clydach Vale, responded. "Walkers of the Hounds" was given by Mil Taliesin Morgan, and responded to by Mr W. Williams (Taff's Well) aM Mr Caoper (Lewis Arms, Tongwynlais). "The Master of the Hounds" was proposed W Mr Ivor Williams, and ably responded to by J. D. Williams, Clydach Court. During the evening, Mr Ivor Foster, R.A.M.; our Mid-Rhondda champion baritone, delighted his audience by the rendering of several familiar, songs, and Mr William Morgan (Ap Sioncyn) captivated all present with his beautiful manipu- lation of the harp. Mr E. Phillips, Dynever Arms, Taff's Well, who is of a bardic disposition, and "felt highly delighted to take the prize to his part of the country," as he put it, got upon his feet, and in the following manner addressed the chair: "Os nad wyf yn camsyniad Mor wir ar dydd y'm gajied, Ni fu yn aco snac yn mhell, 'Rwy'n siwr ddim gwell bytheuad. Mae Dashwood mwyn yn gi mor hardd, Nes peri'r bardd i ganu Nad oes ei ail yn Clydach Court Er rhoddi sport eleni."

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